A blind Mackmyra Twitter Tasting

Yesterday was the day for the second Mackmyra Twitter tasting. After a few delays by the organization (vacations and meetings getting in the way) it finally happened, about a month late. Luckily, whisky keeps.

There was a small prize for the one who guessed most expressions right, but I’m not sure I would get any. The tasting notes are here, I will update the post once I know which is which!

The tasting was also to get some word of mouth (or word of keyboard) on their new distillery. The guys in Sweden built a brand new gravitational distillery to increase their capacity enormously. Gravitational means that all ingredients are hauled up and then work their way down through the process. No pumps apart from getting everything to the starting point.

The tasting was organized by Colin Campbell and Angela D’Orazio (Mackmyra’s master blender)

Mackmyra #1 (new make): ‘Vit Hund’
Pretty sweet like most new makes are. This one had some vegetable notes with green beans and potatoes. There is a spiciness with some bitter orange peel and nutmeg. The palate is a bit sweeter still and a bit warmer with canned pears, syrup and dirt (earthy). The potatoes are back but in a deep fried with skins way. Lots of banana and other fruits. The finish has some very-like spiciness, quite sharp and the pepper really lingers.

3 stars

Note: this is a three star rating for a spirit. If compared to regular whisky, it would rate lower.

Mackmyra WarehousesMackmyra #2: Special ’07
Quite youngish on the nose with lemon and vanilla, a little touch of wood, barley sugar and some light spices. After a minute it shows more vanilla and it gets more creamy too. Banana bread and apple and cinnamon cake. I also get a hint of salt. The palate is a lot less sweet with much more spices. A bit of fruit, quite some barley, a very full flavour with bisquits. A minute later I get After Eight chocolates and liquorice too. The finish is quite sharp and again has those rye spices. Quite long and spicy!

4 stars

Mackmyra #3: Moment Rimfrost
This is a strange one. Between the bourbon cask flavours of vanilla, aceton, green apple peels I also get nuts and raisins, and a hint of iron and nougat too. The taste is quite closed but it does taste like a refill cask was used. Iron, slate, some wet wood and a kind of a hidden sweetness that is lingering on the border of my flavour perception. The finish again has that hint of aceton which is followed by vanilla, lemon and nutmeg.

3 stars

Mackmyra 4: Moment Norrsken
This one continues where the last one ends. It has a similar profile at first, albeit sharper. Some minerals, iron, basalt, vanilla. Then it tastes a bit younger all of a sudden, but with caramel, aceton and a little Bowmore like with some pears. The palate is a little flat and it takes a while before the fruits show up and it takes a while before the fruits appear. Grilled fruit with blackened edges, straw and vanilla. The finish has some wood and is quite long. The aceton makes it all taste rather young with some chalk as well

3 stars.

Mackmyra stillsMackmyra #5: (Smoky 30-lit Ex-sherry 3yo)
What the fuck is this? That was my first reaction. A strange peatiness and massive sherry notes. Burned wood, very heavy with tea and coffee scents. Then some black fruits, charcoal and vegemite, nougat and hazelnut. That’s just the nose. The palate is quite heavy, jura-like with wet burned logs, smoke, a heavy fruitiness, syrup, sherry, tea, coffee. Quite feinty with barbeque hints on the finish. Like fat dripping of bacon and catching fire. It lingers forever. Damn, this is good.

Unfortunately, this was a cask sample and not to be bottled yet. Apparently, I can get the cask, but not a bottle.

5 stars


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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5 Responses to A blind Mackmyra Twitter Tasting

  1. Very recognizable tasting notes of all samples.
    No. 3 & No. 4 confused me a little while those 2 were some kind of the same, but, you describe it very well, No. 4 started were No. 3 ended.

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